Saints Sweep Fourth Series Of Season In 9-4 Win Over BlastersST. PAUL, MN June 10, 2015
SAINTS SWEEP FOURTH SERIES OF SEASON IN 9-4 WIN OVER BLASTERS
ST. PAUL, MN (June 10, 2015) – The numbers continue to be mind blowing for the St. Paul Saints in 2015. With a 9-4 victory over the Joplin Blasters on Wednesday night in front of 7,382, the Saints improved to 17-2, swept their fourth of six series played and improved to an amazing 13-0 when they score the first run of the game.
The Saints didn’t wait long to score the first run of the game putting up four against former Major League pitcher Rob Tejeda. In the first, Alonzo Harris led off with a single to center. He swiped second and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Sam Maus. Willie Argo picked up his first RBI of the night with an infield single off the glove of a diving third baseman Omar Luna to make it 1-0. Ian Gac roped his 14th double of the season that put runners at second and third. Mike Kvasnicka made it 2-0 with an RBI groundout and Angelo Songco made it 4-0 with his third homer of the season, a blast over the right field wall.
The Blasters had an answer in the top of the second off of Saints starter, and former Minnesota Twin, Pedro Hernandez. With one out and one on Jake Taylor singled to put runners at first and second. A wild pitch advanced the runners into scoring position. Jesus Solarzano knocked in a run with a ground out and Mitch Glasser made it 4-2 with an RBI single.
Just like the Saints did the night before they answered when the Blasters scored. In the bottom of the inning Joey Paciorek led off with a double, extending his hitting streak to nine games, tying the longest of the season by a Saints player. Anthony Phillips laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached on the fielder’s choice when Tejeda elected to throw to third, but couldn’t get Paciorek. Harris doubled home Paciorek to make it 5-2. Two batters later Argo doubled home a pair to make it 7-2. Argo finished the night 3-5 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored while Harris was 3-5 with a double, RBI and two runs scored.
That was more than enough for the Saints and Hernandez. He went 6.0 innings allowing three runs while scattering eight hits and striking out two to improve to 3-1 on the season.
While both teams collected 14 hits, the Blasters managed just two extra base hits while the Saints collected five doubles, a triple and a home run.
The Saints have already guaranteed themselves their best record after 20 games, which was 15-5 in 2003, regardless of what they do Thursday night.
The Saints head out on the road and begin a four game series at Sioux Falls Stadium against the Sioux Falls Canaries on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. The Saints send RHP Dustin Crenshaw (4-0, 0.90) to the mound against Canaries RHP Brett Gerritse (0-4, 5.31). The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.